Thanksgiving with Fleas

Thanksgiving with Fleas

I could hear my husband reading the horrific details out loud to my teenage son, as Corrie ten Boom described the unimaginable conditions she endured with her sister Betsie in the barracks of a Jewish concentration camp. She chronicles her story in her riveting memoir “The Hiding Place”.

I could barely stomach the agony of their hardships, or wrap my brain around how God could ever allow such a cruel atrocity.

But then my husband got to the part about the fleas…

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My First Goodbye

My First Goodbye

One year ago, almost exactly to the day, I said my first goodbye.

On August 19th, 2017, I said goodbye to my firstborn son as I left him at college for the very first time.

I had prepared myself for months - to say this goodbye. With every item I bought, and every box I packed, I was preparingpreparing him for his new life out of my nest, and preparing my heart for him to leave it…

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The Secret Thoughts They Don't Tell You

The Secret Thoughts They Don't Tell You

“I’d give anything to be inside his head for one second!”

I’ll never forget hearing my friend say this about her son, who like many of our children, just isn’t a talker. Most of the time, she really has no clue what he is thinking, or what’s really going on in his life. And it drives her CRAZY.

And then there are our kids who tell us everything.  Maybe more than we really even care to know at times. Stuff we often would rather not have heard about…

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Freedom Isn't Free

Freedom Isn't Free

Late last night my son crawled in my bed, terrorized by a bad dream.

He was so stricken with fear his body was shaking. He didn’t want to go back to sleep, because every time he closed his eyes the horrific images and voices reappeared. He begged me to turn on a light; because the dark held him utterly captive to his terrifying nightmare.

Sadly, I have to admit I took the lazy approach at first…

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